Happy Camper for Sunday, November 12, 2017

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Brandy Silva and April Villagomez celebrate the U.S. Marine Corps birthday from behind the counter at Pietro’s New York Style Pizza in Harbor Mall in Nawiliwili.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Scott Johnson of Grove Farm Museum, and engineer for Paulo, points out structures from the old Lihue Plantation Company mill to Jim Fritsche of California during the monthly Fire Up Day at the Haleko yard.

Happy birthday to U.S. Marine JQ Smith, who celebrated his special day on the same date as the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps, Friday at Pietro’s (was really good to talk story with Thomas Ianucci again). JQ said his wife Lillian is the same age as him, older by less than two months, being born on Halloween.

Thomas (he’s a Marine too) said people can get New York-style pizza from the window up to 4 p.m. After that, they need to go inside where it’s Neopolitan pizza baked in that hand-made oven in less than two minutes.

Dianne Fritsche of California spent her Thursday (it was the Grove Farm burn day) in the car while her husband Jim poked around the Haleko train facility. Jim said he wanted to see the old Lihue Plantation Company mill, but couldn’t find the place on their last visit. The mill is gone, Paulo was sitting in its shed, so Jim had to settle for the maps Scott Johnson had, and poke around the bananas and ti leaf plants before the rain (really could’ve used that Learning Center) came down.

Taira Samiano-Oliveira of the Kauai Lynx 5/6th-graders popped a 3-point shot with seconds left, but it was Llego Koerte of the Dream Team who dropped a charity pair in overtime to give the Luther Yam-coached team its first win in the Kauai Lynx Veterans Day tournament.

That is only part of the excitement as Jordyn Pacheco nailed a hat trick and Miya Clarke nailed two goals to lead the Hilo Vikings to a 5-1 win over Kapaa (Brianna Binder, who was part of the RoboWarriors at the First Tech Challenge robotics competition, scored Kapaa’s sole goal). Coaches Skee Saplan and Curtis Chong (he said he had the keys) took the Hilo girls shopping at Walmart before heading West Saturday.

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